Just back from a hectic weekend which began at Ascot on Saturday,then onto the O2 for the ATP Tennis on the Sunday and Monday and finally onto a first visit to leafy Lingfield yesterday.
At Ascot the superlative Master Minded put in a jumping display that is rarely bettered and had Alberta's Run well cooked when the latter departed.The performance shed no light on his ability to perform to his mark beyond 2m,but in this form he would almost certainly regain his crown in the speed chasers division.Silviano Conti continued his phenomenal rise through the hurdling ranks - and he's still unfurnished in my view - although would countenance caution at taking this form at face value.Zaynar ran like a rusty spanner and is a relcalcitrant individual at the best of times and Karabak is looking increasingly mulish- he is a small,scratty individual lacking scope and it is difficult to envisage where connections will go with him.There were somenice typesin the concluding Bumper,however,the Henderson representative looked trained to the minute and may not go on from here - a nice type to particularly note was Alan Kng's Lord Liath.
The 02 was a wonderful experience - highlights being witnessing the sheer love thast the Tennis crowd has for the great Roger Federer,shaking the hand of the greatest footballer of all time Diego Maradona and being blown away by the sheer physical beauty of Kelly Brook.The arena itself is magnificent and I'm looking forward to returning for the NBA game with my sons in the new year.
Very much enjoyed the delights of Leafy and it's always enhanced when one has a terrific day's punting.We enjoyed a huge slice of luck in the Novice Chase,followed up with our best bet of the day, Recession Proof, and finished with a Maximum Back of a 1.2 shot at 1.67.
A wonderful day's racing today - concentrate your Lays on the 12.50/2.15/3.25/3.55 and your Backs on the 1.30/1.40/2.05/2.25/5.35/6.05.
Look to go short on the Chepstow Favs and the Lingfield Distances.
And, lest we forget ,the greatest sporting contest starts this evening, so an all nighter will be the name of the game.Our strategy has been out there for a while so get ready to back England for a Series win after the 1st Test whatever the result and have a little babble on Bell/Collingwood for 1st Test Topbat and Broad for 1st Test England most wickets.
The housekeeper is at this very moment creating a Ham & Pea soup and baking some Cheesey Straws to sustain one through the evening - the smell is divine.
Good look to most and always eat well.